INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A coalition of 16 environmental, health and citizens
groups is calling on Indiana lawmakers to reject a bill that would prevent
state regulators from adopting environmental rules tougher than federal
the Hoosier Environmental Council and the Indiana State Medical
Association oppose the bill pending in the Senate. The measure passed the
Indiana House last month.
Environmental Council Executive Director Jesse Kharbanda said during a
Statehouse news conference Wednesday that if the bill became law it would
"handcuff" the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and prevent
it from taking steps to protect the state's environment and public health.
general counsel Rosemary Spalding says the bill would eliminate Indiana's
flexibility to address public and environmental health concerns "in a way
that's appropriate for Indiana."